Blogging Away: Making Media for a ‘Competitive Advantage’

I recently received the above message from a Marketing student who’d just completed a Digital Media unit with me and proceeded to apply the practical media-making skills he’d learnt in an internship. Daksch’s offer to assist his peers not only reveals the enthusiastic collegiality that authentic eLearning can help spark; it also affirms the value…

Spending Better Time on Social Media

Have you ever given a presentation in front of a large group of people and been asked a difficult question? Maybe even a rude one? Back in August 2014, I was invited to speak at a forum called ‘The Strategic Researcher’ for Deakin University’s Faculty of Arts and Education. I wasn’t told what I should…

Giving Control and Taking Control: Student Agency

When I first started teaching in 2005, as a very shy and extremely nervous casual tutor at Deakin University’s Geelong Waurn Ponds campus, I never thought about student agency. The undergraduate students I was ‘responsible for’ were always happy – even enthusiastic – to be ‘spoon-fed’ the required information, the required way of doing things,…

Some (More) Thoughts on Gamification

#Gamification can combat a flawed 'Ps Get Degrees' culture & shift focus away from bare minimum behavior patterns. Thoughts? #ALC203 #ALC708 pic.twitter.com/5Lgj6ESCP0 — Adam Brown (@digitalzones) April 19, 2017 If you don’t want to read this blog, you could always visit the thread of comments that ensued below the above tweet and get a sense…

Celebrity Culture and Role Reversals

Often when I turn on the car radio these days, I instantly wonder whether I’ll get to hear Joe. I probably sometimes have this thought even when it’s not during his weekend shift or perhaps even when I’m not tuned in to Gold 104.3 Melbourne to get a nostalgic boost of music from my younger…

Thinking Outside the Box

Getting a bit creative about #copyright and @creativecommons… How many times do you think I failed b4 getting this right? #ALC203 #ALC708 pic.twitter.com/6aH4bf0pg7 — Adam Brown (@digitalzones) March 21, 2017 Everyone knows what it feels like to be restricted by rules, stifled by conventions, controlled by laws. Being deprived of one’s freedom isn’t a serious…

Turning Over Leaves: On Failure and Renewal

A few months ago, I failed. I had set myself the ambitious goal of blogging for the Our Gamified World site once a week. This seemed to be the ideal way to keep generating content relating to the web series while we were taking a break after our Level 1 episodes. I took pride in…

Tiff, the Beach, and Human Experience

[The following is a re-post with some minor revisions of an earlier blog I first published on 4 April 2016] Did I really take Tiffany to the beach last week? And if she went, was I really there? Are we missing out on the experience by trying to ‘capture the moment’? I thought I’d use…

Lifelong Learning: Lessons from a Spider

Many – maybe most – people are not the greatest fans of spiders, so much so that I’m cautious about using images that (hopefully) won’t trigger arachnophobia. They’re not my favourite creature either, but I do owe them my gratitude for a lesson one of their kind once taught me… When I was a sessional…

Eat the Bagel, or, There Is No Try

Do or do not. There is no try. – Yoda I recently responded to a student tweet with the above quotation. The student had mentioned something they were hoping to (would ‘try to’) do over the next week or so. I can’t remember who the student was, or what exactly they were aspiring to create…

Sometimes Things Go Wrong: Embracing Failure and Imperfection

Sometimes things can go wrong, but it doesn’t mean they can’t be right too. I’ve been thinking for a while now about compiling all of the bloopers from teaching videos I’ve made since 2013 into one collection. There are precious few usable stuff-ups that I haven’t put online in some form anyway. Such things can…

What is KAOS?: The Value of Mystery

THIS IS SPARTA KAOS!! Well, I guess this may have grabbed your attention… These days, it seems that movie trailers are getting longer and longer, and as a result showing more and more of a film’s action, jokes, and even major plot points – yes, I’m looking at you Batman vs. Superman! In a sense,…